NEW DELHI:The NDA government on Wednesday appreciated the decision of the Telangana government to provide facilities for Andhra Pradesh High Court in Hyderabad for some time till alternative arrangements are made.
The Centre added that the same suggestion be brought before the court which was currently hearing the issue of separate high courts for AP and Telangana.
As TRS and TDP MPs raised the issue of having separate high courts in both the states, Parliamentary Affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu said he would request Law minister Sadananda Gowda that “this suggestion could also be placed before the court.” He added, “we must get a satisfactory resolution by the court because we should explain to the court the practical difficulties in adhering to the order of the court... This is a transit arrangement, a temporary arrangement. We can work on those lines. “
Naidu tried to assure agitating TRS and TDP members in Lok Sabha. Under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, the High Court at Hyderabad will go to Telangana while Andhra Pradesh will get a separate High Court. As of now, the two states are sharing the same high court.
TRS members have been protesting in the house asking for a separate High Court. But as the matter was being heard by the courts, the Centre said it will wait for the court’s decision.
Naidu said the offer of Telangana government for relocation of the High Court of AP to a place outside the existing building as a temporary measure, has “appealed” to him. Sadananda Gowda said, “Creation of the infrastructure is the primary responsibility of the state government and it has to be done in consultation with the State High Court concerned.
Once the State governments and the High Court take a decision on all relevant aspects and necessary infrastructure is made available, the Central government will take immediate steps to issue the notification under the relevant provisions of the law.”
He added that for a new high court, the AP government will have to find a suitable place within its territory, apart from providing space for residential quarters for judges and staff.
“I have already written to AP chief minister and the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana High Courts to expedite the required process,” Gowda said.
Earlier TRS leader A P Jithender Reddy had protested saying the suggestion was not new. He said a politiocal decision was required from the Central government, and it should do in the cabinet meeting to be held later in the evening.
“Everything is available in Hyderabad for them. For ten years, it is our duty to look after them. Till now there is no crime of cases of grave hatred registered in any police station against anybody. We are looking after them as our guests. We would always look after them,” Reddy said. His party colleague K Kavitha seconded his views.